FreeBSD 9.0-RC3 available

FreeBSD 9.0-RC3 is now available for download.

It is expected that this will be the last of the the test builds, and final release builds will be begun in about a week’s time.

The third and what should be final Release Candidate build for the 9.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Since this is the beginning of a brand new branch (stable/9).

The 9.0-RELEASE cycle will be tracked on the 9.0 todo page.

Mailinglist announcement and download instructions can be found here: FreeBSD 9.0-RC3 Available

Rolling Your Own Kernel (BSD Magazine 2011-12)

December’s issue of the BSD Magazine is available: Rolling Your Own Kernel.

  • Free Issue to Download! BSD 12/2011
  • Google Code-In and FreeBSD’s Participation
  • Installing PC-BSD on a Mac
  • Keeping Your Configuration Files Shiny as New Using sysmerge(8)
  • Rolling Your Own FreeBSD Kernel
  • OpenBSD 5.0: PHP, Cacti, and Symon
  • Extracting Useful Information From Log Messages
  • Anatomy of a FreeBSD Compromise (Part 1)
  • Hardening BSD with Security Levels
  • FreeBSD Foundation Update

FreeBSD 9.0-RC2 Available (Official)

It is now official: FreeBSD 9.0-RC2 is available for download.

The second of the Release Candidate builds for the 9.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Since this is the first release of a brand new branch I cross-post the announcements on both -current and -stable.
But just so you know most of the developers active in head and stable/9 pay more attention to the -current mailing list. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the -current mailing list.

The 9.0-RELEASE cycle can be tracked at wiki.freebsd.org/Releng/9.0TODO.

For update details, MD5 checsums and FTP locationts, check out the announcement: FreeBSD 9.0-RC2 Available.

Happy testing.

Heads up: FreeBSD 9.0-RC2 seeding

There’s no official announcement yet, but for the fearless and those that can’t wait: FreeBSD 9.0-RC2 is being uploaded to the different, international mirrors.

One of the places where you can grab your copy, is ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/i386/i386/ISO-IMAGES/9.0/

As usual, until there’s formal announcement, the files may have errors and can be removed at any time.

BHyVe – a Native FreeBSD Hypervisor

How to install and help test FreeBSD’s exciting new BHyVe hypervisor

Michael Dexter has published a tutorial on CFT on FreeBSD‘s upcoming type 2 hypervisor known as BHyVe. The article is an easy to follow tutorial showing how to configure, build and boot a hypervisor capable host and guest system. BHyVe currently only supports modern Intel’s x86 virtualization hardware & the project itself is still currently under early development.

FreeBSD is very much lacking virtualization features (not counting jails) and the BHyVe project is excellent news for FreeBSD!

“Neel Natu and Peter Grehan unveiled BHyVe (PDF), the “BSD HyperVisor” (incl. Audio) for FreeBSD at BSDCan 2011 and kindly helped me get it up and running. I invite you to do the same and explore the many possibilities of this up and coming alternative to Linux KVM. Because BHyVe relies primarily on the Virtual Machine Manager vmm.ko kernel module, it should be portable to other BSD’s and even other operating systems. BHyVe guest virtual machines run modified FreeBSD kernels at this time and there are many opportunities to remove this limitation. Be aware that BHyVe is under active development and should be considered experimental.”

Full article and howto: Hands-on BHyVe.

Thanks to Fernando and Krzysztof for the heads up.

Links

Writing FreeBSD kernel modules

Writing a FreeBSD kernel module. Many may think this is a difficult task, but if you know the basics of programming and have some knowledge of and experience with FreeBSD, it may not be as difficult as it sounds.

Jared Barneck has put together an easy to follow guide showing the basics of writing a “hello world” module: How to write a FreeBSD Kernel Module

Follow Jared’s steps and check out some of the online resources he’s linked to, and you’re ready to go.

Happy programming.

pfSense private cloud, and pfSense jobs

Ray has been testing and playing around with pfSense for a month, and has decided he’s going to set up a private cloud: pfSense + 1 Public IP = Home Cloud.

Now that I’ve ben running pfSense for a problem-free month it’s time to start using it for more than cool charts and graphs. My first goal is to be able to make multiple servers available from the internet. I’ve got Windows Home Server v1 and Windows Home Server 2011 servers running and ready to go. Once those are going I’ll want to add my development web server to the mix so I can do development and testing from outside the home. I’ve spent some time testing various options and I’ve settled on a solution that I think will work. At least all the individual pieces work, time to see if they fit together.

The main obstacle for me is that I have one public IP which needs to address the various internal servers. Those internal servers run the same services on the same ports. The nature of NAT port forwarding is all traffic coming into the WAN connection for a port gets forwarded to the same computer. I can’t parse port 80 (http/web) traffic and make a decision where it needs to go. This is the major obstacle. Another minor issue is that my public IP is dynamic and can change whenever Comcast wants to change it. (Although when I want it to change it’s surprisingly hard to do).

Another requirement is that I use my own domain, and not just a subdomain of some DDNS provider.

Full post: pfSense +1  public ip = home Cloud

pfSense Jobs

If you’re interested in pfSense freelance jobs, have a look here: https://www.elance.com/r/jobs/q-pFsense. There’s one job at the moment.